Saturday, February 23, 2008

Sharapova and Zvonareva to meet in Doha final

The large Russian contingent at the Qatar Total Open will be torn tomorrow when two of their countrywomen vie for the 2008 title. Vera Zvonareva won her break-filled match against an ailing (respiratory virus) Li Na, and Maria Sharapova defeated Agnieszka Radwanska.

Both matches were worth watching. Li outplayed Zvonareva in terms of shot-making, but her tendency to make unforced errors--undoubtedly made worse by her illness-caused her to come up short. Sharapova had to work to put Radwanska away, but she did it in straight sets.

Sharapova leads, 4-3, head-to-head with Zvonareva.

Zvonareva def. Li, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Sharapova def. Radwanska, 6-4, 6-3

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